Red Sox broadcaster Jerry Remy will miss the remainder of the season. He has been absent from NESN's telecasts since his son Jared was arrested and charged with murdering his girlfriend Jennifer Martel on August 15.
“I am full of grief for the Martel family,” Remy said in a statement provided by NESN and the Red Sox after their loss to the Orioles Thursday night.
"My thoughts and prayers continue to go out to them. My wife and I are sick about this senseless tragedy. It’s clear this isn’t the time for me to return to broadcasting Red Sox games. It’s my hope that I can do so in the spring. I thank NESN and the Red Sox for their support through this nightmare.”
Remy was at the ballpark earlier Thursday to meet with NESN and Red Sox management about his status.
It's uncertain who made the ultimate decision to have him sit out the remainder of the season, but NESN indicated it was Remy's call and he will be welcomed back next season.
“We met with Jerry and conveyed our support,” said NESN president and CEO Sean McGrail, “and when Jerry feels the time is right, we will welcome him back. All of us at NESN and the Red Sox once again express our deepest sympathies to the Martel family for their terrible and tragic loss.”
Dennis Eckersley has filled in alongside Don Orsillo in Remy's absence. Jon Rish and Peter Gammons will join Orsillo, the play-by-play voice, Friday. Rish, who left WEEI in April after being asked to take a pay cut, will also work the Saturday-Monday games.
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